Forestry assistance and tropical deforestation: why the public doesn’t get what it pays for

Forestry assistance and tropical deforestation: why the public doesn’t get what it pays for

Popular concern about tropical deforestation largely drove the rapid growth in forestry assistance in recent years. Nevertheless, forestry assistance has had limited impact on forest clearing and much of it has gone to address other problems. To reduce inappropriate deforestation requires a combination of a multi-sectoral approach, greater regulation, and payment for environmental services. Aid officials have been partially unwilling and partially unable to adopt these approaches. They have also been reluctant to clarify public misconceptions about deforestation and to devote their energy to convincing the public to support forestry assistance for purposes other than forest preservation.

Authors: Kaimowitz, D.

Topic: deforestation,tropical forests,forestry development,development agencies,development aid,nature conservation,policy,sectoral planning,environmental protection

Publication Year: 2000

ISSN: 1465-5489

Source: International Forestry Review 2(3): 225-231

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